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Description of Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering encompasses the fields of chemistry, materials science and process engineering. Chemical engineers are also well versed in areas such as fluid dynamics and thermodynamics.

This MSc programme puts you at the forefront of R&D in innovative chemical processes, novel materials and new products. You will harness the latest technology and techniques to address the challenges that face society. For instance, you can discover whether biomass conversion is able to provide lasting energy solutions, explore the potential of membrane technology to purify water, or use your knowledge of biomolecules to develop new materials or to generate power by osmosis. At the University of Twente you can focus on process engineering or materials science. During the Master’s you will benefit from our close ties with high profile research institutes, including the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology and the MIRA Institute for Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine. You will fulfil the role of junior researcher from early on in your Master’s, giving presentations, writing articles and getting involved in grant applications. It is a highly international programme. You will write and present in English and have the opportunity to complete an internship abroad. As a chemical engineer, your career prospects are good, especially in process engineering and research.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Start in 1 September: July (non-EEA: May). Start in 1 February: December (non-EEA: October).
Tuition fee
  • EUR 13226 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 1906 Year (EEA)
Start date February  2016, September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
  • English
Take an IELTS test
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Programme internationalization:

  • Studying abroad is optional.

This programme has a workload of 120 ECTS.


Molecules and Materials Engineering:

In the field of materials chemistry, this specialization explores polymers with defined molecular and mesoscopic structures, inorganic and organometallic materials, and the engineering and analysis of polymer surfaces and interfaces. Current research in organic materials (polymers) is dominated by nanoscale projects geared toward the controlled fabrication of complex polymeric architectures and their use in functional molecular systems (i.e. devices such as molecular motors, sensors and actuators). Other projects explore the potential of biocompatible and biodegradable polymers in tissue engineering. Another area of research involves the use of polymeric nanoparticles with customized surfaces as carriers for targeted drug or gene delivery. This specialization will be of interest to Bachelor’s students who want to deepen their knowledge of the field of materials science.

Chemical and Process Engineering:

This specialization is for everyone who wants to deepen their knowledge of process engineering. You will learn to integrate knowledge of transport phenomena, chemical reactor design, separation technology, plant design, process development, process control, economics and the social sciences. You will examine a range of research themes, such as multiphase and other novel reactors, reactive separation processes, and the development and design of specific processes for direct applications in the chemicals or process industry. In separation technology, you can study a variety of processes that use solid or liquid separation agents, including membrane technology, adsorptive separations of gas and liquid mixtures, extraction, membranes developed for selective gas separation, sub-micron filtration processes, affinity separation for selective protein recovery and facilitated oxygen transport. Other research themes include the study of catalytic processes and catalytic materials, the conversion of biomass and the modelling of processes.

English Language Requirements

Requirements for Chemical Engineering

Academic degree: BSc or BE first class in chemical engineering/chemical technology.

Professional experience: Professional experience may shorten the individual programme.

Knowledge minimum: CGPA of at least 70% of the maximum score

Personal motivation: Clear motivation of goals

Additional language requirements:

  • IELTS overall band: 6.5
  • TOEFL internet based: 90
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: C2

Work Experience for Chemical Engineering

No work experience is required.

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